World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin, who for the first time in his career was prepared by Kostya Tszyu, presented himself in best form at the fully packed Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany on Saturday. He won against former champion Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KOs) within two rounds in front of 4.000 spectators.
The start of the fight seemed to be on level terms but very quickly, Povetkin took control. After a well-placed left hook, followed by a barrage of big blows, Rahman started tumbling. Povetkin took full advantage of the situation and continually kept the pressure on his opponent, who was not able to defend himself anymore. Therefore, the referee stopped the bout after one minute and 46 seconds of round two. “Wladimir Klitschko takes on Mariusz Wach from Poland next. The winner has until the end of February to face Alexander inside the ring,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland afterwards.
Povetkin himself is hoping for a Klitschko victory. “I would like to fight Wladimir. A fight between him and myself would be very exciting and interesting to watch,” said the successful WBA Champion.
The second heavyweight highlight of the night saw current European and IBF International Champion Kubrat Pulev take on Alexander Ustinov (27-1, 21 KOs) who resides in Belarus. Pulev won the bout in round eleven against his eight cm taller and over 50 pounds bigger opponent. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KO’s) easily took care of Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KO’s) earlier tonight in a 2nd round TKO win in Hamburg, Germany. It was impressive stuff from Povetkin in beating an over-matched and badly past his prime 39-year-old Rahman. The question that boxing fans now want to know is when if ever will the 33-year-old Povetkin step it up and take on IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko or his brother WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Povetkin said this after the fight as quoted by espn “When [my promoters] say it’s time to fight Klitschko, I will be ready. He’s the best heavyweight in the world and I will be ready to fight him.”
Wladiimr doesn’t think Povetkin wants the fight, saying to Sports Illustrated “Right. Where was he before? Please.” Continue reading
By Dwight Chittenden: Nothing went right for 39-year-old Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KO’s) tonight in him losing to WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KO’s) by a 2nd round TKO at the Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Rahman waited four years for this title shot and when it came he looked weak, lethargic and incisive in getting demolished by the Russian Povetkin.
Later after the fight, Rahman blamed the defeat in part on being dehydrated, saying as quoted by ESPN “I was weak and dehydrated. I was in the hospital last night for fluids. I couldn’t move. He’s not a terribly big puncher but I couldn’t establish my jab. I was flat.”
Even if Rahman was on the level about this, it was on him for being dehydrated the night before the fight. What was he doing that dehydrated this close to a fight? It’s not as if Rahman was having to boil down to make weight or something. This is heavyweight and Rahman could come into the fight weighing a fat 300 pounds and the fight would have still taken place. If he was working out hard a day before the fight then he shouldn’t have been because that’s when you take it easy. Continue reading
By Marcus Richardson: In a fight that should have never been allowed to happen, WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KO’s) destroyed 39-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KO’s) in the 2nd round at the on Saturday night at the Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany.
Rahman just looked shot to pieces, like a fighter that didn’t belong in the same ring with Povetkin due to his faded skills. In the 2nd round, Povetkin staggered Rahman with a left hook to the head that caused Rahman to staggered back against the ropes. Povetkin then teed off on Rahman with combinations until the referee finally stopped the fight at 1:46 of the round.
Unbeaten EBU heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s) defeated the huge 6’7 1/2″ Alexander Ustinov (27-1, 21 KO’s) by an 11th round knockout in an IBF heavyweight title eliminator bout. Continue reading
(Photo Wende) By Rob Smith: Former WBC heavyweight champion 39-year-old Hasim Rahman will get getting a shot at the title against WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in their fight at the Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, in Hamburg, Germany. A lot of boxing fans thought that Rahman had retired years ago after getting stopped by Wladiimr Klitschko in 2008. Rahman looked old and shot even then, and one can only imagine how much he’s deteriorated since that fight. But Rahman has been piling up wins over little known 2nd tier opposition and has now won his last five fights, albeit against WEAK opposition.
It’s hard to say why the World Boxing Association decided to give Rahman a #1 ranking because he’s done little to deserve even a bottom #15 in my view. It just seems unreal that Rahman can get the top ranking from wins over the likes of Galen Brown (35-16), Marcus Magee (22-17), Damon Reed (46-13), Shannon Miller (16-4) and Clinton Boldridge (9-15-1). This doesn’t boxing fans any good if a guy is given an inflated ranking and then tossed into the ring with a champion, even a fighter that many boxing fans see as a paper champion like the 33-year-old Povetkin.
You can’t blame Rahman for taking the opportunity to fight Povetkin after he was made the #1 challenger by the WBA, but you can sure find blame with the WBA for ranking Rahman so highly in the first place. Continue reading
Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, former WBC, IBO and IBF Heavyweight Champion of the World tries to dethrone current WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin in a 12-round world title fight, Saturday, September 29th from The Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. The fight – shown live on EPIX, EpixHD.com, EPIX apps on Xbox and hundreds of other devices, and streamed on Facebook with an authenticated subscription or free trial (www.EpixHD.com/freetrial) – will feature commentary from renowned trainer and Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, ESPN Boxing Analyst Dan Rafael, WNBC-TV sports anchor Bruce Beck and hosted by Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix.
EPIX will once again treat boxing enthusiasts to a closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship clash on its Jumbotron in Times Square in New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th St.).
“We’re looking forward to continue watching the story of Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin unfold,” said Travis Pomposello, EPIX Chief Creative Officer. Continue reading
(Picture: Photo Wende) Here are the weights from Hamburg, Germany:
WBA Heavyweight Championship
Hasim Rahman: 116.4 Kg / 256.62 lbs
Alexander Povetkin: 103.9 Kg / 229.06 lbs
WBA-Intercontinental Light Middleweight Championship
Mark Thompson: 69.5 kg/ 153.22 lbs
Jack Culcay: 69.7 kg/ 153.66 lbs
European and IBF-International Heavyweight Championship Continue reading
Liverpool behemoth David Price makes his big debut on the Home of TV Boxing BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) on Saturday 13th October at the Liverpool Olympia when he takes on British rival Audley Harrison in a Battle of the Olympians. Continue reading
News: Rahman looking to KO Povetkin; Ustinov hoping for win over Pulev; Kovalev signs with Main Events
The tension is building. Saturday’s big fight night is just around the corner. Three title fights are scheduled and they all have one thing in common. The World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Championship between Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) and Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs), Kubrat Pulev´s (16-0, 8 KOs) European and IBF International Heavyweight Championship defence against Alexander Ustinov (27-0, 21 KOs) and the WBA Intercontinental Championship bout between Jack Culcay (12-0, 8 KOs) and Mark Thompson (24-1, 14 KOs) are all likely to end prematurely. It would be a surprise if all of them would last the distance.
Convinced of an early success is Hasim Rahman. Once again, the 39-year-old stated his intentions of knocking out current WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin and taking his throne. “I’m happy that I got the chance for the title. I’m completely focused on myself and it doesn’t matter who is in front of me. I will knock Povetkin out.” But how quickly could he end the bout? “Between rounds one and twelve,“ said the challenger. Also in good spirits was Alexander Povetkin. “My preparation has been going really well. I have a lot of respect for Hasim Rahman and his experience,“ said the 33-year-old. His coach Kostya Tszyu added: “Since we started working together, Alexander has progressed about 40 percent.” Therefore, Team Povetkin has every reason to be optimistic.
The same principal applies for the defending European and IBF International Heavyweight Champion Kubrat Pulev. Lately, the prodigy of Coach Otto Ramin has been riding on a wave of success. “Ever since I won the European title, Bulgaria has been pretty much ecstatic. Whenever I walk along the streets, the people recognize me. That motivates me even more to defend my two titles come Saturday night,” said the 31-year-old, who is known as a joker if he is not inside the squared circle. Continue reading
(Photo: Team Sauerland) Since yesterday’s late arrival in Hamburg, Germany, it is no secret that Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) likes to take his time. But after today’s public workout at the Europa Passage in Hamburg, it also no secret, that Rahman possesses some serious pop in his fists. But as expected, he was fashionably late. After leaving the hotel behind schedule and an interview on site, he changed into his training gear and had his hands taped. The media and fans had to be patient before they were able to see the challenger in action.
But then, he got started – and he did so with a bang. Just a few weeks ago during the first official press conference ahead of the big fight on Saturday, Rahman drew attention due to his presumably overweight size. But on Tuesday all of that seemed to be a thing of the past. In a much better condition, the 39-year-old started his session by hitting the pads. And one thing is for sure: Even Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) would have been impressed by those powerful jabs and hooks the challenger put on display.
The session of the current World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion was after Rahman’s and therefore, he wasn’t able to follow the happenings on stage. He also missed out on the Americans promise he made for the clash on the September 29: “I will knock him out.” Continue reading